Kids workshops and family-friendly events

A number of family-friendly events are part of this year’s program, including seven workshops and activities for kids being put on by The Japan Foundation in the City and events at Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park, plus a workshop at ADC. 


The Japan Foundation 

Ai-zome Indigo Dyeing Kids Workshop: Design and dye your own beautiful ai-zome pattern on a cloth to take home! Saturday 28 September; Session 1: 10:30am – 12pm; Session 2: 2pm – 3:30pm; Cost: $15 (booking fees apply)

Tumi-isi Balancing Block Painting Kids Workshop: Paint your own tumi-isi wood blocks with traditional Japanese natural colour paints! Thursday 10 October; Session 1: 10:30am – 12pm; Session 2: 2pm – 3:30pm; Cost: $15 (booking fees apply)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney,
Level 4, Central Park Building, 28 Broadway,


The Magic of the Garden workshop and installation by Alison Thompson

Whether you are a beginner or advanced in crochet, join me and create some critters to add to the garden. This workshop includes 3 hours of crochet time, making bugs, butterflies, rainbows, clouds… all kinds of magical garden critters that bring a child’s imagination to life. Once completed, you can add your creation to my installation. All materials provided for you to come along and craft.

Details: Sunday 13 October, 1pm – 4pm; Cost: $50.

Eden Gardens and Garden Centre,
307 Lane Cove Road,
Macquarie Park, NSW, 2113


Eden Unearthed

Kids boat making – Craft a cardboard vessel with artist Danielle Minett. Monday 8 October, 10am – 12pm; Cost: $25

Paper clay sculpting – Artist Christina Frank will show you how to create your own masterpiece out of clay. Tuesday 9 October, 10am – 11am; Cost: $45

Recycled flower making – Fashion flowers from recycled materials and single use plastics with artist and light designer Chloe Alice Wednesday 10 October, 11am – 12noon; Cost: $15

Crochet garden magic – Join artist Alison Thompson to make some critters to add to her installation The Magic of the Garden. Sunday 13 October, 10am – 12noon; Cost: $25 (Ages 5, all materials supplied)

Eden Gardens and Garden Centre,
307 Lane Cove Road,
Macquarie Park, NSW, 2113


ADC is hosting STEAMpop’s Playfold workshop

Using ancient folding techniques, participants will transform a series of paper circles into articulated, vertebral-like structures, that can be worn, suspended or draped. Playfold provides a new take on modular origami by presenting a unique flat to form experience, representing dynamic patterns of growth through metaphor. The workshop includes experiments with surface texture, colour and proportion, underpinned by a simple fold manifesting in custom-made aesthetic creations.

Children over the age of 10 are welcome.

Details: Thursday 17 October, 6:30pm – 8pm, Cost: $40, Early bird $30.


Or head to one or all of our makers markets:

Studio OneThirty’s Love Local Artisan Market at San Souci on Saturday 12 October

Made by Hand: Art and Design Market at Hazelhurst Arts Centre on Sunday 13 October

ADC’s Makers Market in Darlinghurst on Saturday 19 October


Images: Alison Thompson, The Magic of the Garden, 2019. Photo: A Thompson; Playfold White. Photo: STEAMpop